Cabo… A Magical Experience!

Dinorah D. - Latin America Vacation Tips and InfoCabo San Lucas is a glamorous destination where the desert and mountains meet the sea. Also known simply as “Cabo,” it is a great spot for tourists and families (and surfers, too).

Cabo is located at the end of the Baja California Peninsula less than 70 miles south of Baja California Sur’s capital city of La Paz. Known as the “Striped Marlin Capital of the World,” it is one of the sites of the Brisbee’s Black and Blue Marlin Tournaments. The tournament is held annually in October and if you like fishing, you will have a great time throwing your line out in the Pacific Ocean or Sea of Cortez. You can catch tuna or dorado…and then have it for dinner!

Snorkeling and scuba diving are other popular activities in the Cabo area…maybe because Cabo has one of the largest reefs in the world where you can see a variety of underwater flora and fauna. The most popular beach is Medano Beach, where you will find plenty of activities and delicious beach restaurants. But if you are looking to surf, places like El Tule Beach and El Pescadero are great places. If you are a beginner, head to Playa Los Cerritos for a high tide experience.

There are plenty of fun activities to occupy your time during the day, but if you’re wondering where the nightlife is…downtown Cabo is the perfect place. There you will find the famous bar El Squid Roe and Cabo Wabo Cantina, owned (and sometimes attended!) by Sammy Hagar of the band Van Halen.

As a Cabo “local,” some of my suggestions are:

1. Rent a car and drive to La Paz. On your way, you will find Todos Santos which is an adorable arts town. Make sure you stop by and check out Hotel California, where some claim the Eagles’ hit song was written.

2. Visit Lover’s Beach. Two of my favorite ways to do this are by taking a water taxi (available at the marina) or by kayak, which you can rent on Medano Beach.

3. Take a horseback riding tour on the beach to watch the sunset.

4. Partake in the wine tasting at the Los Cabos Winery and listen to a local jazz pianist.

5. Check out the Jungle Cruise tours for sunset, booze, snorkeling, and whale watching cruises.

Cabo has a lot to offer you…what are you waiting for? Check back this week on the RCI blog as we share stories and photos from RCI subscribing members who have taken a vacation in Cabo San Lucas. Do you have your own story or photo about a trip you took to Cabo? If so, share it here and maybe we’ll feature it at the end of the week!

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California Vacation: More than Just a Summer Timeshare Destination

Susie M. - RCI Subscribing Member Vacation ExperiencesIn my position here at RCI, I get to hear directly from subscribing members about their timeshare vacation experiences. A lot of our RCI® subscribing members choose a California vacation for one reason or another, especially in the winter. They talk about the beaches, the wineries, and the good weather — a great combination to warm up any winter. Some of them are planning a stay at a timeshare for a wedding, honeymoon, or anniversary. Some of them are just planning for some time away. Here’s what other RCI members had to say* about their California vacation:

Robert, Palmdale, CA: Our trip to Arnold, California in March was awesome. The Big Trees State Park was just down the road and the kids went snowboarding 20 minutes away. Lots of hiking and fishing. The nearest lake was gorgeous and we saw lots of wildlife. People in the town were really friendly and helpful. The resort was comfy and had a warm feel to it. We want to return there.

Joyce, Salem, NH: My husband and I were excited to plan our exchange trip to Capistrano California.  We exchanged our Cape Cod timeshare for a beautiful two bedroom, two bath timeshare in the Capistrano Surfside Inn. The timeshare was huge and immaculate and the ocean was just across the street.  Also within walking distance was Dante Point which not only had an active harbor and walking areas with fantastic restaurants and shops, but bikepaths as well for those who wanted to bike around the area.  We visited The Mission at Capistrano and walked the small streets with many unique shops.  We chose this place to have a restful holiday and it was, yet there was plenty to do if we chose to do so.  I would highly recommend this paradise area to anyone who wants to vacation in California.  We would definitely visit again, but there are so many beautiful resorts with RCI, we want to try them all.  We love RCI and the wonderful opportunities it offers us in trying new places and seeking new adventures.

Christine, San Bernardino, CA: In the summer of 2007, my husband and I experienced the most wonderful, relaxing vacation week that we have ever had. We decided to stay at WorldMark Angels Camp, California. During the day, we spent time visiting a couple of local wineries and sightseeing. In the evening, we barbecued dinner, relaxed, and escaped the reality of everyday stresses. It was a wonderfully simple and non-hurried vacation and we are looking forward to getting away again in the future!!

* Although we've corrected some spelling and technical errors, these vacation stories from RCI members are otherwise unchanged. They are not meant to inform you about resorts, destinations or about RCI products and services. RCI always recommends that you do your own research when making travel plans.

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